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Bob Geldof books seat on space-plane

Bob Geldof books seat on space-plane
Bob Geldof performs in concert at Cafe de la Danse in Paris on May 6, 2011. UPI/David Silpa | License Photo

LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Singer Bob Geldof says he will be the first Irishman in space after booking a $100,000 seat on a private Space Expedition Corp. flight.

"Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honor but pretty mind-blowing. The first rock astronaut space rat! Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the planet," Britain's Daily Mirror quoted the 61-year-old Boomtown Rats musician as saying. "Wild! Who would have thought it possible in my lifetime."

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The company has vowed to launch 100 people into space by 2014.

The Lynx X2 rocket-powered space-plane is to take off from Curacao in the Caribbean and travel 62 miles into space.

Geldof is scheduled to undergo training in a space flight simulator in Holland this weekend, the Mirror said.

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